Wilberforce University

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Wilberforce University has its beginnings in a 28 Sept. 1853 meeting, during which the Cincinnati Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church agreed to fund a coeducational college for African-American people of the state to be called Ohio African University and to be located in Tawas Springs, Ohio. Chartered as Wilberforce University in 1856, enrollment reached 207 people, and second year collegiate instruction was offered. Because of financial difficulties due to the Civil War (1861-1865), the school closed in 1862. Under the auspices of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, which purchased the property, it reopened on 3 July 1863 with twelve students and Daniel Alexander Payne as president. In 1887, the State of Ohio established the combined Normal and Industrial Dept. at Wilberforce for the public education of its black citizens. Severing ties in 1947, the department became Central State University.

From the description of Wilberforce University records, 1855-2005. (Wilberforce University). WorldCat record id: 154690066

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referencedIn Bentel, Susan. A modified Bogardus social distance scale : a study of racial and ethnic attitudes at Antioch College and Wilberforce University, January - March, 1955 / Susan Bentel, Walter Jolly. Antioch College, Olive Kettering Library
referencedIn Davis, Benjamin O., 1880-1970. Benjamin O. Davis, Sr. collection, 1893-1974, bulk 1941-1945. U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center
referencedIn Dunlap, L. Monroe,. Oral history interview with L. Monroe Dunlap [sound recording], date Murray State University, Waterfield Library
referencedIn Wise, Ozeline. Papers, 1854-1988 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Scarborough, W. S. (William Sanders), 1852-1926. W.S. Scarborough scrapbook, 1890-1926. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Wesley, Charles H. (Charles Harris), 1891-1987. Charles Wesley papers, 1852-1965. Central State University, Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library
referencedIn Central State University (Wilberforce, Ohio). General historical records, 1872-1976. Central State University, Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library
referencedIn Berry, Leonidas H. Leonidas H. Berry papers, 1879-1994. Chicago History Museum
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referencedIn William Styron Papers, 1855-2007 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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referencedIn Scarborough, W. S. (William Sanders), 1854?-1926. Papers, 1830-1971 (bulk 1830s, 1971). Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Young, Charles, 1864-1922. Charles Young collection, 1900-1998. Wilberforce University, Stokes Library
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referencedIn Green, John Paterson, 1845-1940. John Paterson Green papers, 1869-1910. Western Reserve Historical Society, Research Library
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referencedIn Steward, T. G. (Theophilus Gould), 1843-1924. Theophilus Gould Steward papers, 1861-1924. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Payne, Daniel Alexander, 1811-1893. Daniel Alexander Payne papers, 1858-1994. Wilberforce University, Stokes Library
referencedIn Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Correspondence, 1829-1874 Houghton Library
referencedIn Theophilus Gould Steward papers, 1861-1924 The New York Public Library. Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division.
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, American period, 1876-1937. Houghton Library
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referencedIn Amos, Miles G., 1898-1995. Miles G. and Moses Amos papers, 1880-1972 (bulk 1935-1970). Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Central Library
referencedIn Underwood, Henry L. b. ca. 1913. Underwood, Henry L., b. ca. 1913 Papers. 1924-1955. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Ransom, Reverdy C. (Reverdy Cassius), 1861-1959. Reverdy C. Ransom collection, 1936-1975. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
referencedIn Matthews, R. L. Matthews, R. L., papers, 1859-1860. University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Scarborough, W. S. (William Sanders), 1852-1926. William Sanders Scarborough papers, 1870-1928. Wilberforce University, Stokes Library
referencedIn Taylor, Charles E., 1944-. Papers, 1977-1981. Wilberforce University, Stokes Library
referencedIn Herbert, Thomas J., b. 1894. Papers. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
referencedIn Seraile, William, 1941-. Theophilus G. Steward research collection, 1986-1991. New York Public Library System, NYPL
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referencedIn Papers, 1854-1988 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Wright, Milton S. J., 1903-1972. Milton S.J. Wright papers, 1929-1972. Wilberforce University, Stokes Library
referencedIn Brown, Hallie Q. (Hallie Quinn), d. 1949. Hallie Q. Brown papers, 1870-1949. Central State University, Hallie Q. Brown Memorial Library
referencedIn Donahey, A. Victor (Alvin), 1873-1946. Papers. Ohio History Connection, Ohio Historical Society
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referencedIn Green, John Patterson, b. 1845. Papers of John Patterson Green, 1869-1910. Library of Congress
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associatedWith Carnegie Library (Wilberforce University) corporateBody
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associatedWith Davis, Benjamin O., 1880-1970. person
associatedWith Donahey, A. Victor (Alvin), 1873-1946. person
associatedWith Dunlap, L. Monroe, person
associatedWith Green, John Paterson, 1845-1940. person
associatedWith Harris, Andrew Lintner, 1835-1915. person
associatedWith Herbert, Thomas J., b. 1894. person
associatedWith Johnson, Kathryn M. (Kathryn Magnolia), b. 1878. person
associatedWith Joiner, William A., b. 1869. person
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associatedWith Jones, Joshua H. person
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associatedWith Wilberforce University. Combined Normal and Industrial Dept. Board of Trustees. corporateBody
associatedWith Wise, Ozeline. person
associatedWith World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Wright, Milton S. J., 1903-1972. person
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